Contributors This Issue
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When you have had a glimpse of the unimaginable truth of your being, there is a freshness and innocence that naturally occurs, a wonder and a curiosity of “What is this?” But when you recognize you are looking for more, or you notice with great disappointment that your suffering has returned and you try to get get away from it, then there is a loss of innocence and openness.
Gangaji shares from her direct experience the innate capacity of the heart to openly meet whatever is appearing. She asks us directly: “Are you willing to trust love rather than your mind’s protection from hurt? If you are willing, then you will taste the possibility of living a life of conscious innocence.”
— Hillary Larson
Hillary Larson, host of A Conversation with Gangaji on Gangaji Radio, finds that one of the most touching things in being human is the risks we are capable of taking in sharing our personal vulnerabilities. Here she shares her own experience of finding peace in the midst of anxiety – by ending the search to escape it.
— Bernardina Ideler
Bernadina Ideler woke up one day and faced the fact that she is not getting older, she is old. With grace and delight she celebrates this fact in a song delivered with resounding clarity. When a would-be movie maker, Cat Gould, heard the song, Bernadina found herself the unexpected star in her own movie, Bernadina.
— Rumi, Gangaji, & Chris Mohr
In 1998, Gangaji recorded a special CD with interviewer Chris Mohr on the poetry of Rumi. Here is a select piece of that recording that speaks to our central inquiry of ending the search to escape ourselves. It is in tribute to the true Beloved that lives in the heart of us all.
The month’s inquiry is focused on the end of the search. Whether you are trying to move away from a perceived hurt or discomfort, or driven to reach for more of what you imagine will bring you truth or bliss, in every moment you have the choice to stop and inquire – what is always here regardless of what comes or goes? What are the mechanisms that drive the impulse to seek for more or different or better?
Oasis Magazine is dedicated to the expression and the exploration of what it is to live a “poetic life,” a life lived immediately and directly in which the adventure of living is not mediated by stories we tell ourselves, and the outpouring of love is natural. When we share our experience of this awakened life — in poetry, in art, in music, or in simply reporting on our lives — it transmits the possibility of that same grace opening within the heart of another. Your submissions to Oasis Magazine are welcome and appreciated! Click here to read submission guidelines.
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